• John Legend has spoken out on P. Diddy
  • He was "horrified" at the infamous footage
  • Legend wants accountability

Legend, who collaborated with Combs on a 2023 track, expressed his horror upon witnessing the video evidence of Combs' 2016 assault on ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura. The news broke out into the world and he was as close as anyone in Hollywood to it all.

Horrified by the Evidence

"I was horrified by the descriptions that I read before the video evidence came out. And absolutely it’s something that needs to be brought to light when it happens," Legend confessed, referring to the hotel surveillance footage that sent shockwaves through the celebrity world.

The video, which shows Combs physically assaulting Ventura, has sparked a renewed conversation on accountability and support for victims of abuse.

"My default stance is to believe women when they make these accusations and to make sure that we do whatever we can to support women" making them, Legend said. He added that his hope is "that they’re heard and that any kind of accountability and reparations can be made to make these women whole again."

Legend also said that what Combs has been accused of is "shameful" and that he only wants "the best" for Ventura and "for all the other victims that have alleged that he’s abused them."

"It’s quite a shame," the "All of Me" singer said. "I really just want accountability and hopefully some healing for all of his victims."

With eight civil lawsuits looming over Combs, including Ventura's now-settled 2023 complaint, Legend's words carry weight in a world often too quick to dismiss or discredit allegations of abuse.

The future is coming

"It’s quite a shame," Legend remarked on the allegations against Combs. The "All of Me" singer's call for accountability and healing for Ventura and other alleged victims highlights a desire for justice and closure in these troubling cases.

Despite the heavy topics, Legend also shared insights into his new podcast series 'Afghan Star,' celebrating the power of music and resilience in Afghanistan. The series, which tells the inspiring story behind the competition reality show, showcases the transformative impact of music in challenging times.

It first hit the airwaves in 2005 and went on to air 15 seasons. Legend credited the series as "quite revolutionary" for the country, saying that instruments were "burned on the street" in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s reign prior to the show’s debut.

"It’s a beautiful story of the power of music, the power of the people’s resilience, and a really remarkable show that was pretty revolutionary for its time," he said. "It really captured the attention of the nation… I find the story inspiring, but also it really shows you the power of music and the power of the human spirit."

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"Music is not dead in Afghanistan right now, even though the Taliban’s back in charge," Legend said. "I think the spirit that was awakened and revived in Afghanistan by shows like ‘Afghan Star’ and other connections with music and entertainment, it’s hard to put that back in the bottle."